Campaign Kicks off to get 1,500 Plates Ordered

013014 ms 0086rSpringfield, Ill. – State Senator Andy Manar joined by Jennifer Pramuk and her daughter Zoe, Dr. Gregory Brandt, associate professor at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, and representatives of the Children’s Oncology Network and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital unveiled the design of the new Curing Childhood Cancer license today at the SIU Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinic.

“I’m excited that Illinois will soon have these new license plates to help raise money for childhood cancer research,” said Jennifer Pramuk, of Decatur, whose daughter was treated at Dr. Brandt’s clinic. Pramuk conceived the idea to help raise money after her daughter Zoe successfully fought cancer. “Our family was very lucky to get great treatment but we need to make sure that other families have access to cutting edge research and technology.”

The General Assembly passed legislation in 2013 creating the Curing Childhood Cancer license plate.  Senator Andy Manar spearheaded the successful effort.

“We’ve seen great success in saving the lives of children with cancer, but much work remains to be done,” Manar said. “The money raised from these license plates is going toward a great cause and I am proud to have taken part in the effort. But the congratulation needs to go to Zoe, whose fight was an inspiration in passing this legislation.”

“As an institutional member of the Children’s Oncology Group, I thank Jennifer for her efforts in securing this funding. It will help us continue our research in pediatric cancer and improve the lives of children with cancer,” said Brandt, the director of SIU’s Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Division and a member of Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU. Most of Brandt’s patients are treated according to national protocols through their enrollment in clinical trials offered by the Children’s Oncology Group.

The new license plate features a gold ribbon that is the international symbol for childhood cancer awareness with multi-color letters spelling out Curing Childhood Cancer. In 1997, gold was chosen because it is a precious metal and children are precious.

Under Secretary of State rules, Illinois residents will need to pre-order 1,500 before production can begin. Revenue from the license plates will be split evenly between the Children’s Oncology Group and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital that operates a clinic in Peoria.

To order the Curing Childhood Cancer license plate, go to  and complete the form, writing “Curing Childhood Cancer plates” in the first line, and mail it with a check for $50.

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